Admission: $5 at the door / Free for Badge & Pass Holders
3:00PM – 4:30PM
The future is here. From YouTube to Netflix to multi-channel networks, the next generation of storytellers is breaking from tradition to explore new content, distribution, and marketing strategies and platforms. Learn how to tap into this brave new world with Canada’s leading online content creators, funders, and producers.
Moderator: Romeo Candido, Producer, Digital Sweatshop
Jus Reign, Comedian/Performer and Much Digital Studios Creator and YouTube Personality
Abby Ho, Senior Interactive Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Andra Sheffer, CEO, Independent Production Fund
Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Business and Channel Strategy, Bell Media
Amita Zamaan, Director/Producer/Writer, Vahana Films (DHALIWAL ‘15)
Community Partner: TO Web Fest
Abby Ho was selected as one of Playback Magazine’s “Top 5 to Watch” in 2014, and as Reelworld Film Festival’s “Trailblazer” in 2015. Abby Ho is an award-winning interactive producer and development executive whose entrepreneurial spirit, passion for talent, new ideas, and business background have marked her as a thought-leader in the digital entertainment space. Abby was the Director of Digital for Epitome Pictures Inc. (home to the iconic Degrassi series), and is now a Senior Interactive Producer for Comedy at the CBC (Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D, 22 Minutes, CBC Punchline, Riftworld, CBC ComedyCoup, The Plateaus and more).
Jasmeet Singh, better known as Jus Reign, posted his first YouTube video five years ago. The Guelph, Ont. native’s commentary on race, along with his pop-culture parodies and comedic deadpan has earned him more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers, over 1 million followers on Vine, and one of the largest followings on Snapchat within Canada. With a combined channel view total surpassing 70 million, some of Jus Reign’s most-watched YouTube videos include: The Swag Song, Shit White Guys Say to Brown Guys, Goodbye Official Remix, Desi Parents and Money, and Bounce.
Andra Sheffer is the CEO of two private funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development of digital drama and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and digital media and is the editor of publications about the business of TV and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s Guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995). She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally. She has been awarded the Digital Media Trail Blazer award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Champion of Digital Innovation Tribute at Merging Media, an Award of Achievement by the Digi Awards, an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Youth Media Alliance and has been inducted as an Industry Builder into the Playback Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Board of Interactive Ontario and of Women in Film and Television. Twitter: @andrasheffer
Justin Stockman (Vice-President, Business and Channel Strategy, Bell Media) oversees channel-driven digital content, including Much Digital Studios, as well as the seamless execution of program priorities and developing new channel and business strategies for the company’s Conventional, Specialty, and Pay services.
Prior to this, Stockman worked as Vice-President, Specialty Channels, where he oversaw all brands and day-to-day activities affecting Entertainment Specialty Channels Much, MTV, M3, E!, Bravo, Space, The Comedy Network, and their complimentary digital networks, as well as Pay channels TMN and HBO Canada.
Stockman was previously Executive Director, Marketing, Specialty Channels, where he oversaw all brand-positioning, consumer and trade marketing, social media marketing, and social media communities for Bell Media’s Specialty properties.
Stockman has worked at Much for more than a decade in various capacities including creative services and production as creative director, supervising producer, producer, writer, editor, and web designer.
Justin graduated in 1996 from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Specialized Honours in Visual Arts Studio. In 2009 he earned his MBA through a joint program at Cornell University in New York and Queen’s University in Kingston.
Amita Zamaan is a Toronto based visual and multi-media artist who has made the leap to narrative storytelling for film, television and digital media. She enjoys subverting the status quo in her works while exploring intellectual and social issues that are typically absent in mainstream media. Amita recently wrote, produced and directed the digital media project “Dhaliwal ‘15”, a mockumentary series that followed a young left-of-left campaign team as they supported the first Person of Colour in Canada’s history to run for Prime Minister. Dhaliwal2015.com
Romeo Candido is a multi-disciplinary and multi-platform artist who is no stranger to the Reel Asian Film Festival. His film musical dramedy Lolo’s Child opened the festival in 2002; his Filipino horror Ang Pamana: The Inheritance played at the festival in 2008; his musical webseries Prison Dancer won best Canadian feature in 2012; and in 2015, Sudden Master, the kung fu coming of age webseries he directed, plays the festival. He is currently working on a short hip hop documentary TAWA (awarded best Pitch at Reel Asian’s 2014 ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ competition), working on an album with the Filipino Tribal Crew DATU, and is the Senior Producer at CBC Arts, busy working on a 26 episode show celebrating the arts in Canada. Cbc.ca/arts